Flight Simulator Add-ons:
spent many years
reviewing flight simulation software for 'Aircraft
magazine, I moved on to other pastures in 2009. This
page is the start
of an occasional series which I hope to build upon
as and when time
What is it?
Bretagne VFX FSX is the latest
the well-respected France VFR design team. It provides
scenery of the whole of the Brittany region in North-Western
a resolution of 2.5 metres per pixel, as well as a 4.75 metre
mesh and autogen scenery covering approximately 45 % of the
are two extremely detailed zones, depicting the ports of
the North and Brest to the West. In addition, the sea bed has
recreated where it is in close proximity to the shore and
animated sea traffic. An area of approximately 31 thousand
square km is
covered in total.
Brest: Port and surroundings
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In detail ...
aerial photographs from France's
Institut Geographique National (IGN),
the coast and around each of the
airports (the autogen provided covers approximately 45% of the
surface of the scenery).
buildings specific to the area.
for the location and optimized
for smooth fram rates.
completely routed with navigable water,
systematic treatment of the relief near the banks to avoid the
of inclined water.
visible throughout the entirety of the
airports/aerodromes integrated into the scenery. These
locations have been adjusted to ensure a cohesion with
textures, including precise positioning of
the taxiways, buildings, air bridges, etc
airport buildings, including night
3D zones (the town and port of Brest
and the town and 'Intra Muros' [old town] of Saint-Malo along
extra detail for the Golfe du Morbihan…
and visual reference points such as bridges,
ports, marinas and wind farms.
with the 3D objects (e.g. aqnimated
shuttles to surrounding islands.
enable future add-ons such as airport
scenery to be compatible with this title.
provided for all the airports and
aprons (48 VAC/IAC/ARR/DEP charts and diagrams).
Ile d'Ouessant [click on image to see larger
of this scenery was that as a download it is huge! 7Gb
in four files is truly immense; easily the largest download I
undertaken and, while it was a slow process (presumably down to
demand on the server), it did occur without problems and
went smoothly. Although France VFR is a french company (no,
it is pleasing to see that its titles come with English
and this makes installation straighforward and without fuss. The
manual also shows exactly where airports and other points of
are, along with providing a map showing the extent of the
coverage. For those who do encounter problems, it also has an
section on its support forum, so help can be gained there, if
Once installed, it was time for a round Brittany tour! I began
familiar surroundings, namely the airport at Dinard/Pleurtuit
was pleased to see familiar buildings such as the control tower,
hangars on the Northern side and a basic airport scenery that
right feel to the place. It's a shame that there isn't more
here, such as static aircraft, titles on buildings and the like
one gets the feeling that it's going to cost more for these
later and will every airport be upgraded when this happens?
to the East, I explored the River Rance and Saint-Malo. The old
Muros') looks like the real thing, as indeed does the nearby
port and even the 'barrage' (dam) over the Rance further West is
included. Elsewhere in Saint-Malo the scenery has been created
buildings which use authentic architecture and textures but
there is an
absence of such things as shops, hotels, garages and churches.
enough and the photorealistic
scenery does indeed come to life and this, coupled with the
coastal scenery (detailed sea beds, the odd lighthouse and so
produce a Flight Simulator X experience that is truly superb.
With no fewer than 19 aerodromes contained within the scenery,
much to explore and many different approaches to tackle; even
the autogen is generally around the coastline, where there are
airports there is also autogen scenery in the surrounds so at
know you're in the vicinity of your destination when you fly
Parts of Brittany that I know well are easy to recognise and
be it the promontory of Quiberon, complete with magnificent
or the Golfe du Morbihan, with its many islands and yet in other
the detail is not there - no bridge or port at Dinan, no menhirs
dolmens, nothing of those magnificent standing stones that have
hordes to carnac over the years ...
So would I recommend this to you? Well it's around 50 of
English pounds, so it's not cheap and if your knowledge of
restricted to the inner countryside you need to be aware that
scenery isn't to be found there,
but if you love the coastline then yes, I'd say buy it.
the first time, France VFR has produced a
title which has unique features to marvel at and improve your
experience. If you've never been to Brittany, who knows? This
well be the first step on the road to a lasting friendship with
the nicest coutryside that France has to offer.
[Version tested: 1.1, patched using the files recently made
through the support forum.]
Animated waves against a
lighthouse [click on image to see larger
- Superbly detailed coastal scenery. This has become a
trade mark and it has done it again!
- Saint-Malo: Even the cathedral is depicted in the Intra
- English documentation as well as French.
- Boats: They are everywhere!
- Golfe du Morbihan: Yachts and islands abound, creating
- Animated waves crashing against the lighthouses - almost
something from one of Mr Plisson's photographs!
- Trees and buildings placed accurately.
Near Carnac: Showing the
detailed coastline and sea bed [click on image to see larger
and also ...
- Away from the detailed scenery areas there is an absence
shops, churches, petrol stations and other buildings which
enhance the realism.
- Only 45% of Brittany is covered by autogen; elsewhere
just the photographic textures beneath.
- Little in the way of static scenery other than buildings
Quiberon: Airport to the right,
the left. [click
image to see larger version]
towards the 'Intra
Muros' (old town) [click on image to see larger
Saint-Malo: Looking towards
[click on image to see
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